j.mills at email.com
Fri Nov 16 12:39:11 GMT 2012
Of course the language teaching method has everything to do with the success or failure of Cornish classes in schools. The Communicative Method has been around for decades now and more or less does what Nicky is suggesting.
Ol an gwella,
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From: Nicky Rowe
Sent: 11/16/12 12:24 PM
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] UC/UCR
Is the terrible way Irish is taught in schools really worth writing off the whole idea of school education for Cornish? There are plenty of ways to teach. If I was a teacher I'd make Cornish more of a club than a class, focus on conversation and activities rather than rote learning and tests, but speak to them only in Cornish. 60 minutes of fun immersion using Cornish is surely better than 60 minutes of learning about Cornish in English.
On 16 November 2012 11:43, Nicholas Williams < njawilliams at gmail.com > wrote:
I taught Irish in university for 30 years. The teaching of Irish in schools is so faulty, that in some ways it has done more harm than good.
90 years after independence Irish is hardly spoken at all. There is no daily newspaper, no weekly magazine.
And people are even proud to declare that they know no Irish.
Many public notices in Irish are incorrectly spelt or meaningless but that doesn't matter because people don't see them.
They have been turned off Irish by having it badly taught to them in school.
The only people who speak Irish are those who learnt it from their parents.
Mura bhfuil sí ón gcliabhán agat, níl sí agat ar chor ar bith 'If you haven't it [Irish] from the cradle, you haven't it at all].
Schools in this matter are useless.
On 16 Nov 2012, at 11:13, Michael Everson wrote:
The schools will not save or restore Cornish any more in Cornwall than they did in Ireland.
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